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The Covered Bridge

Built in 1855, by George Hockensmith, the bridge, 120 feet long, 11 feet 6 inches wide and 12 feet high spans the north Elkhorn at Switzer. The Switzer bridge is one, of several covered bridges that still exist in Kentucky.  In 1906 the bridge was restored by Louis Bower.  The cover bridge was closed to traffic in1954 when a new concrete
bridge was built.

During the flood of the Kentucky River on March 1-3, 1997 all streams and tributaries were out of their banks. The old covered bridge was washed from its' foundation. For many months the bridge lay on its side in the creek bed.

Plans for restoration were set in motion. The bridge was disassembled, each piece numbered and cataloged and hauled to a warehouse where it would be stored while new beams were made. Every effort was made to salvage as much of the original lumber as possible.

Each September, the residents of the Switzer Community gather to celebrate Covered Bridge Day.  Crafts, good food and southern hospitility are the order of the day.


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